POLITICS

Deputies’ Chamber admitted the reexamination request on the incompatibilities of the people’s representatives

Deputies admitted on Tuesday morning the reexamination request filed by Klaus Iohannis, removing the incompatibility between the Mayor, Vice Mayor, President and Vice President of the County Council positions, and the capacity of the representative in the General Meeting of the Shareholders and of the member in the Board of Directors of certain institutions, which are not remunerated.

“The position of the Mayor and Vice Mayor, Bucharest General Mayor and Vice Mayor, President and Vice President of the County Council, is incompatible with the exercise of the following positions or qualities: the position of the President, Vice President, General Manager, Director, Manager, Administrator, member of a Board of Directors, censor, or any leading or executive position in the companies regulated by the Companies Law no.31/1990, republished, as subsequently amended and supplemented, including banks or other credit institutions, insurance and financial companies, autonomous administrations of national interest, national companies and enterprises, as well as in public institutions, except the representatives in the general meeting of the shareholders of the companies regulated by the law no.31/1990, republished, as subsequently amended and supplemented, the members in the Boards of Directors of the state or confessional educational units and institutions and in the administrative-territorial hospitals, is not remunerated”, according to the report issued by the plenum of the Deputies’ Chamber.

The draft law provides that “the activity performed by the Mayor and Vice Mayor, the Bucharest General Mayor and Vice Mayor, the President and the Vice President of the County Council, as a member of the Board of Directors of an economic activity subordinated or in which the administrative-territorial unit that he is leading is a shareholder, at the state educational or confessional units and at the public hospitals within the network of the local public administration authorities, or of the other representatives of the public institutions subordinated to the territorial-administrative units, is not remunerated”.

Klaus Iohannis claimed in the reexamination request that the law, as it was sent to be promulgated, allows the interpretation that the people’s representative at local level can be a member of a trade company, without any distinction related to the interest of the local community.

“The scope of the provisions in the single article of the law that was sent to be promulgated, items 1 and 4, on the one hand, and of the provisions in the single article, items 3 and 5, on the other hand, partially overlaps, in a contradictory manner, which is likely to cause legal uncertainty and inconsistent institutional practice. Thus, although the incompatibility of the local representative with the position of a member of the Board of Directors is maintained (the single article, items 1 and 4), by the completion in the items 3 and 5 of the law, it is set that the activity of the local representative as a member of the Board of Directors of an economic entity subordinated to an administrative-territorial unit or in which the administrative-territorial unit is a shareholder, or of a local educational unit, is not remunerated”, Klaus Iohannis pointed out.

In the reexamination request, the president also indicated the use of some inaccurate phrases in legal terms, such as “economic entity”, or “local educational unit”.

At the Romanian President’s request, the reexamination of the Law amending and completing the Law no.161/2003 on certain measures providing transparency in exercising public dignities, public offices and in the business environment, on preventing and sanctioning corruption, was tightly adopted with 175 “pros”, 24 “cons” and 60 abstentions.

The Deputies’ Chamber is the decisional body.

 

PNL’s request to call the Finance Minister in front of the Parliament, rejected by the Permanent Bureau

 

The Permanent Bureau rejected on Tuesday the PNL deputies’ request to invite the Finance Minister, Viorel Stefan, at the “Government’s Hour”, to give explanations on the “financial sustainability of implementing the Pay Law”, arguing that the Minister was invited last month, too.

“(We discussed in the Permanent Bureau – e.n.) on a request made on May 22, Monday, by the PNL parliamentary group regarding the ‘Government’s Hour’; they requested to invite the Finance minister, Mr. Viorel Stefan, related to the subject ‘financial sustainability of implementing the Pay Law to the employees remunerated from public funds. Following the voting, this request was rejected. Moreover, the Finance Minister, Mr. Viorel Stefan, was also invited last month at the ‘Government’s Hour’”, stated the PSD Secretary of the Deputies’ Chamber, Ioana Bran, at the end of the Permanent Bureau’s meeting.

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